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Bear & Hare Go Fishing by [Emily Gravett]

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Editorial Reviews


"Still the brightest illustrator of the bunch, Gravett delights as always." (

"This simple but engaging story is perfect for sharing." (Parents In Touch)

"This is another truly delightful picture book from an inventive and talented illustrator." (The School Librarian)

"Such a simple story but there is anticipation on every page. The fun is also in the illustrations - the expressions on bear and hare's faces tell the story too." (The Guardian)

"This is a lovely first book for enjoying together with a simple story and lovely pictures to go with it." (

"Full of warmth and humour, and starring two lovable and quirky new characters, this endearing illustrated story from the twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal is sure to delight children and parents alike." (Lancashire Evening Post)

"I can safely say that I have never been disappointed when reading an Emily Gravett book... Emily Gravett has done it again - she's created another favourite picture book to add to my collection and treasure forever." (

An easygoing fishing trip yields unexpected catches. Setting off to fish, Bear affectionately places a green hat on Hare's head. Somehow Hare ends up carrying the supplies, including fishing net, picnic hamper, and thermos. Bear carries only his fishing pole, which is so long it escapes the pages. The water in which they fish (though really only Bear fishes) is represented by the entire right-hand page of the spreads, colored a faintly mottled robin's-egg blue. With his pole and net, Bear snags Hare's hat (right off his head!), a frog, and a roller skate. The skate flies smack into the middle of a cake from Hare's picnic basket. Hare stands on one leg in the skate, balancing. As Bear dozes off and the fishing pole falls out of position, Hare plays with daisies, which dangle off his extremely long ear and over the water. Daisies, it turns out, are simply too baitlike to be resisted by the startling catch of the day. Gravett's pencils, crayons, and watercolors employ light lines and a delicate touch to create Bear's orange-brown scruffiness and Hare's softer white fur. The limitation here is that the pages' edges are so close to the action that the scenes feel constrained, and the all-important fishing line is more often off the page than on. Funny and quick, with excellent art that's curbed by its tight frame. (Kirkus Reviews May 1, 2015)

"Funny and quick, with excellent art." (Kirkus Reviews)

Although surprisingly simple at first glance, this title is filled to the gills with charm and cleverness. The scant 32-word text is mostly concerned with Bear. He catches some odd items with his rod and reel as patiently dismayed Hare looks on. However, it is Hare’s boredom-born daisy chains that end up pulling a giant fish across the gutter into clear orange-gold watercolor. Cleanly composed and limited to just a couple words per page, the spareness of the text highlights the true power of the book—the illustrations. Rich characters come to life through Gravett’s carefully expressive lines. Despite a potentially static situation, Bear and Hare sprawl across the pages in a wonderful variety of comic positions. The book design is also smart; the backdrop has been left either white or blue, the blue vaguely indicating the lake on which they are fishing. Additionally, the subtle shading of an underwater fish gently foreshadows the arrival of Hare’s prize. Even the copyright information is cast as a delightful string of fishing line unwinding from Bear’s pole to the delicate blue fish in Hare’s grateful net. The quantity of words and their repetitiveness even recommend this book as an easy reader. Furthermore, the counterpoint between the visual story and the text is packed with a high interest punch for bonus appeal. This book will delight a wide range of readers; it should shift with ease from the limited attention span of a toddler to an inquisitive second grader carefully poring over the pictures. VERDICT Expect some award buzz around this title; it’s not to be missed.–Erin Reilly-Sanders, Ohio State University, Columbus (School Library Journal June 2015)

As this amiable story plays out in the simple text and illustrations, it’s clear that “Bear LOVES fishing!”—bringing Hare along mostly to keep him company (and to schlep the equipment and lunch). Bear has some luck at first—although not with fish. He reels in Hare’s hat, a frog, and finally a roller skate (which lands in Hare’s thoughtfully laid-out picnic). And then…nothing. Bear patiently waits and waits and waits; Hare blithely makes a daisy chain as Bear dozes off. Gravett’s well-staged scenes provide most of the story’s context. With zero background distractions, the focus in the expressive pencil, watercolor, and wax-crayon illustrations is entirely on the characters and their companionable relationship. Even the water Bear fishes in is only implied on a few soft blue–colored pages. Perfect pacing and clever page turns add momentum to the spare narrative. Gravett masterfully lures readers in, gently leading us along until the funny and unexpected ending that will catch everyone by surprise. Storyhour audiences will fall for this one hook, line, and sinker. (Horn Book July/August 2015)

About the Author

Emily Gravett is the author and illustrator of many children’s books, including Matilda’s CatAgain!, Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal), Meerkat Mail, Tidy, and Old Hat. Her first book, Wolves, was the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Award for Illustration. Her second book, Orange Pear Apple Bear, was a Quills Award finalist, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, and on the shortlist for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Emily lives in Brighton, England, with her partner, their daughter, and the family dog. Visit her at

Product details

  • File Size : 21407 KB
  • Publication Date : July 7, 2015
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Print Length : 32 pages
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 7, 2015)
  • ASIN : B00O6600J0
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Not Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 50 ratings